Taking a Chance

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

I am a fan of the New York football Giants. Before the opening game of the season, I listened to an interview with their general manager, Joe Schoen, who was hired a few months ago to build a successful organization.

He told a story about when as a recent graduate, he received a job offer from a medical device firm to be a salesman for them. Others from his football team had gone to work for this firm and were doing well but Schoen had an upcoming interview with a football team scheduled. It came Friday before the Monday when he had to respond and he received a phone call from the recruiter (I don’t know if it was the corporate recruiter or a third-party one, but I suspect it was the company recruiter) who had a conversation with Schoen about his thoughts about the offer.

After listening for a while, the recruiter said something to the effect of, “Your heart obviously isn’t into this kind of work so we are going to rescind the offer.” It took a while before he was hired as a scout for the Carolina Panthers and eventually made strategic job changes to the Miami Dolphins, the Buffalo Bills, and, now, the New York Giants.

A former Tampa Bay coach, Bruce Arians, famously said:

No Risk It. No Biscuit.

It means there are times when it is important to take a chance. I am not going to tell you when you should take that fork in the road, but there will be one that is important for you to take.

Take it.


Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2022 



Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2400 episodes. He also hosts Job Search TV on YouTube, and Amazon, as well as on BingeNetworks.tv for Apple TV and 90+ smart sets.

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